Fixing Your Concrete Driveway

The Best Pavement For Your Home And Property

by Gavin Jackson

Pavement can be installed over dirt driveways, lawns, and around homes and gardens to provide a clean, polished look. It also provides a smooth, durable surface for foot traffic and vehicles when used on a property. Depending on the type of property being augmented, as well as the primary use of the space, may dictate the most cost-effective approach to enhancing your property with pavement.

Keep the following in mind when choosing paving materials for your property:


Some of the reasons that homeowners choose concrete for their patios, borders, and driveways, is its versatility and durability. This material holds up well in hot, humid climates, and will add to any home's curb appeal. It is also fairly easy to repair when frost heaves or heavy traffic cause damage to the concrete; contractors can fill in cracks or reapply concrete to spaces as needed for a reasonable cost.


The beauty of asphalt is that it has a little bit of flexibility when it comes to shifts and heaves in the ground beneath the pavement. The smooth black surface is also very appealing to the eye, and melds well with many different styles of homes and structures. Asphalt should be professionally replaced every two or three years, depending on the wear and tear as well as the environmental conditions of your pavement.

Brick and stone

Masons are the best resource to reach out to when you want to pave with brick or stone. These applications require an expert eye to ensure they are level and even, particularly on rough or uneven terrain. These may not be the best route to take when you are paving a driveway that gets a lot of use, or when paving spaces that are frequently used by pedestrians as the surface may be a bit textured and could pose fall risks for some.


The biggest drawback of seal-coating a driveway or path is that it can frequently create a slippery surface, especially underfoot. This surface material is an inexpensive way to get the instant gratification of improved curb appeal, but it will likely require reapplication annually. If you are planning to pave your own property with seal-coating, add some aggregate to your paving material to provide a bit of tread and texture to your surfaces.

Talk with paving contractors (such as those from National Concrete Cutting) about the best approach for your distinctive property, and to determine the price points for various paving materials and labor. While concrete works well in practically any region, you may want to shy away from asphalt in hot areas, and be prepared for the costs of brick and stone masonry. Enhance your home or property with paving to create an appealing aesthetic and improved utility of your space.